Scotland's Forest and Timber Industries employ around 40,000
people and are worth in excess of £1.7bn to the economy, possessing
significant growth potential.
Incorporating the growing of tree seedlings within nurseries to
the planting, managing and harvesting of forests, the sector
provides an economic foundation for many rural communities.
Other sub-sectors include the value-added downstream
activities of sawmilling, pulp and paper production, panel and
board manufacturing, and the development and production of higher
value goods such as engineered wood products. Industries also
play an important but often unrecognised role in a number of supply
chains and other sectors:
• Providing timber as a raw material to be used in
• Providing a clean and renewable Energy source for Biomass
• Acting as a significant leisure and Tourism destination
for walking, mountain biking, riding etc.
• Opportunities also exist with Chemical Sciences and
Textiles around utililisation of cellulose.
It is anticipated that Scotland's forestry industry will continue
to grow by 30% during the next decade. It is SSFT's aim to
encourage innovation in the use of timber and timber products from
Scotland. We will continue to bring businesses together with
research, processors and consumer bodies to explore what is
technically possible, and to answer the needs of consumers and